21 marathons over ten years. That’s how long it took me to reach my ultimate goal of qualifying for the Boston Marathon. Grant it, for the first 10 marathons or so I never even considered a BQ something of which I could ever be capable. Only after I broke the 4 hour mark did I commit to trying to get as fast as possible, hoping that someday, I could meet the Boston Athletic Associations standards.

I am NOT a genetically gifted runner or athlete. I am average at best. Most people who commit to Boston Qualifying do so long before their 21st marathon. I guess if anything, I maybe have an extra share of tenacity.

Though the practice of blogging inevitably feels somewhat narcissistic, I think I am being honest with myself when I say the purpose of the blog and website is not to pat myself on the back. Rather, I sincerely want to share with people what I’ve learned over the past 10 years about marathoning and setting personal best times, recognizing that although the exact path to reaching one’s goals will differ from person to person, there are many things we “average” runners can do and many common mistakes to avoid in order to achieve those goals.

I have tried almost all the well-known marathon training programs: From the FIRST program where I ran only three days a week to Pfitzinger/Douglas’ 55-70 mile a week program. I have struggled with what seems like every injury in the book. I have hired a well-known running coach. I have managed a running store, and earned a coaching certification myself. I sincerely believe that many (not all) of the elites or former elite runners who write or coach fail to fully understand how training and racing differs for those of us love this sport but do not necessarily possess a great talent for it.

Though your personal running goal may seem like it’s a long way off, when you finally reach that goal, your success will be all the sweeter because of how hard you worked.

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